Archive for October, 2008
Aravind Adiga, 33, won the 40th Man Booker prize on Tuesday night for his debut novel, “The White Tiger,” an exploration of India’s class struggle told through the story of a village boy’s journey from Indian village life to entrepreneurial success. Adiga, who lives in Mumbai, was born in India. He studied at Columbia and [...]
And the award goes to…Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, whose work defined him as an “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization.” To read more about Le Clezio’s life and writing, please visit the Nobel Foundation’s site.
For me, this is so much more exciting than those silly Olympic Games–check out the announcement tomorrow for the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for literature. Watch the live webcast from the Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday, October 9, 1:00 p.m. CET, 11:00 a.m. GMT, at the earliest. Following the announcement, an interview [...]
I like big tales. A fat book allows an author more chances to fail, I think, than to excel. But a big story well told transports you to a new world, at least for a while. Still, I must admit I approached Neal Stephenson’s new book, Anathem (just over 900 pages) with a little trepidation. [...]